Urfa: Much More than Kebap

Among the cotton fields. In Mesopotamia. This city not only offers easy access to many historical gems of Eastern Turkey, like Göbekli Tepe, but Urfa itself is also worth visiting. Late October is probably the best time to visit Eastern Turkey. Even this year, hotels were quite full, and one could see foreign tourists inContinue reading “Urfa: Much More than Kebap”

UNESCO’s World Heritage in Turkey: Göbekli Tepe

Historical places have also attracted me. I find it amazing how we have the opportunity to travel to the past and see how our forebearers lived, what they worshipped, and even what problems they dealt with or what they thought about. One of the most interesting places I have visited so far was Herculaneum andContinue reading “UNESCO’s World Heritage in Turkey: Göbekli Tepe”

Lycian Way Day 1: Unexpected Adventures

The year 2020 finally brought me the opportunity to discover more of Turkey. For me, this year is great for hiking for two reasons: you can walk without the mask and you avoid crowded places. I don’t think hiking is a popular free time activity among Turks, and even if it was, this year LycianContinue reading “Lycian Way Day 1: Unexpected Adventures”

Turkey: 4 Holiday Ideas

2020 is a special year. We all agree on that. To define what kind of special, depends on each individual. Despite everything, it gave me an opportunity to (re)discover hidden gems of Turkey. When deciding about a holiday or a travel destination the most important things for me are: to avoid the crowds if possible,Continue reading “Turkey: 4 Holiday Ideas”

Day Trip: Serindere Canyon

Living in Istanbul is full of surprises. This city probably never sleeps and sometimes to follow its rythm can be exhausting. In summer time, many Istanbulites escape to nearby beaches in Kilyos, Şile or to a Princes Islands. By saying many, I actually mean MANY. Beaches, roads and ferries are often very kalabalık on theContinue reading “Day Trip: Serindere Canyon”

Public Transport in Istanbul (and How to Reach New Istanbul Airport)

Istanbul has a very good public transport system and a smart card which can be purchased when you arrive in the city and can be used as a payment method at most of the public transport: Istanbul Kart. You can purchase it in many places around the city. The card itself costs 10 TL andContinue reading “Public Transport in Istanbul (and How to Reach New Istanbul Airport)”

Istanbul Marathon Experience & Advices

Istanbul Marathon – the marathon which starts in Asia and finishes in Europe, hence most commonly advertised as the only marathon which connects two continents. This, of course, attracts many runners and most of the local runners are looking forward to the breathtaking views durıng the first few kilometers of the run when  marathon’s course crosses theContinue reading “Istanbul Marathon Experience & Advices”

Week #22: The House Which Never Disapoints

Beşiktaş is one of those places known among the breakfast lovers. You can enjoy your breakfast all day long, especially during the weekends. But more than the so-called Kahvaltıcılar sokağı (Breakfast street), I prefer the House Cafe on the corner of the Akaretler street. Although I always have mixed feelings when it comes to aContinue reading “Week #22: The House Which Never Disapoints”

4 Reasons to Love Ramadan

One more year has passed and Ramadan (Turkish Ramazan) is again here. What is Ramadan? Well, first of all, is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. Muslims follow the lunar calendar, that is why according to the solar calendar, dates vary every year. So, if we compare it to the solar calendar, the monthContinue reading “4 Reasons to Love Ramadan”

52 (Turkish) Breakfast Ideas

New year, new me breakfast! Who doesn’t like this very Turkish tradition of having a late breakfast on the weekend? Even better if in a bigger group of people, when your table is full of breakfast delights? I am definitely one of the biggest Turkish breakfast lovers, so here is my goal for 2018: discover aContinue reading “52 (Turkish) Breakfast Ideas”